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What's on the Agenda: Nov. 19 Smyrna City Council

See what's on the agenda for tonight's Smyrna City Council meeting.

1. INVOCATION - Pastor Robin Hancox, International Gospel Outreach Church      

2. AGENDA CHANGES 

3. MAYOR'S REPORT   
(A) Presentation of June 30, 2012 Financial Audit

4. LAND ISSUES/ZONINGS/ANNEXATIONS:

(A) Public Hearing- Zoning Request Z12-006 - (no vote at this time) Rezoning from RM-12 and NS (Cobb County) to RM-15-Conditional (Smyrna) - 21.69 Acre Tract - Land Lot 663 - Davie Circle and Roswell Street - Regency Square Apartments, LLC and Virginia C. West, L.C. (AB)

(B) Annexation request (100% of owners requesting annexation) - (Ordinance 2012-20) Land Lot 663, 17th District, 2nd Section, Cobb County, 0.35 acres of Parcel 3, 20.587 acres of Parcel 4, and 0.730 acres of Parcel 5, total 21.69 acres, Davie Circle and Roswell Street - Regency Square Apartments, LLC and Virginia C. West, L.C. (AB) 

(C) Final vote - Rezoning Request Z12-006 - Rezoning from RM-12 and NS (Cobb County) to RM-15-Conditional (Smyrna) - 21.69 Acre Tract - Land Lot 663 - Davie Circle and Roswell Street - Regency Square Apartments, LLC and Virginia C. West, L.C. (AB)

(D) Public Hearing -  Zoning Request Z12-007 - Approval of a rezoning from RHR-Conditional to RMC-8-Conditional - 9.64 Acre Tract - Land Lot 592 - Trellis Subdivision on Roswell Street - Coro Realty Advisors, LLC (TA)

(E) Public Hearing -  Zoning Request Z12-008 - Modification of currently approved site plan - 4.35 Acre Tract - Land Lot 379 - 661 Church Road - Primrose of Smyrna West (SW)

(F) Public Hearing- Approval of Ordinance 2012-24, amending Article VII, Section 714, Light Industrial, City of Smyrna Zoning Code, related to pet grooming and boarding services - (AB)

(G) Public Hearing- Approval of Ordinance 2012-25, amending Article VII, Section 714, Light Industrial, of the City of Smyrna Zoning Code, related to indoor recreational facilities - (AB)

5. PRIVILEGE LICENSES   

6. FORMAL BUSINESS:   
(A) Public Hearing- Approval of a Resolution 2012-10 authorizing the adoption and transmittal of the 5-Year Update of Smyrna's 2030 Comprehensive Plan to the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs - City of Smyrna (AB)

(B) Mayor's Appointment to Keep Smyrna Beautiful Board - Liz Davis

(C) Mayor's Reappointment to Tree Board - Carl Valenzano  

(D) Appointment to Hospital Authority- Ward 5 - Bonnie Berry (SW)

7. COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITS  

8. CONSENT AGENDA:   
(A) Approval of November 5, 2012 Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes

(B) Approval of an amendment to the FY 2013 CIP for a Parks and Recreation Master Plan in the amount of $40,000

(C) Award 2012 CDBG Community Center ADA Wheelchair Lift Replacement Project to Centennial Contractors Enterprises in the amount of $33,838.80 (state contract) and authorize Mayor to execute any related documents

(D) Approval of Right of Way Deed for Belmont Hills Connector Project and authorize Mayor to sign and execute document

(E) Approval to use Council Chambers on December 13, 2012, 6:30 p.m., for annual Smyrna Market Village Homeowners Association Meeting

9. COMMITTEE REPORTS   

10. SHOW CAUSE HEARINGS   

11. CITIZEN INPUT: Please limit speaking time for public comment to three minutes.

12. ADJOURNMENT  

R. Anderson November 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM
What in heaven's name has Smyrna done on Atl. Rd. Those lights are a monstrosity. A misuse of funds and lights. Those lights aren't intended for decoration. They serve a purpose which is to provide light for cars and pedestrians. Driving by those things at night is distracting. Somebody put them up to profit not provide for the safety of Smyrna residents. I thought that city had sunk as low as it could. But no Smyrna has to out do its own self.
MA Evans November 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
What you saw cost $758,000. Money was paid to make it look that bad. Somebody's buddy or relative came out well in that deal. Only in Smyrna could that happen. They don't even know what the power bill will be to light those things.
Inside-Out November 20, 2012 at 06:01 PM
My God, some of you will complain about everything that pertains to the city. Too many lights, not enough lights, they aren't like the ones in Dunwoody... The city of Smyrna didn't design the new Atlanta road. The work was done as a part of the SPLOST. Of course some of you never stop to think that the new road design and lighting may help spark development in the empty lots.""" Did you hear, Smyrna has really outdone themselves this time. They redesigned Atlanta road in front of the downtown and put up a whole bunch of brand new street and pedestrian lights. I heard they may even add some new park benches and all of this was done using SPLOST money. I heard that a well respected company in the county bid on the contract and was actually the low bidder on the project. They didn't have a town hall meeting about it so the usual three nuts could put in their crazy suggestions and get a few moments for their cause. The city has really sank as low as it gets. When will they wake up. Please stop doing stuff to better the city. We the citizens ( you know the ones ) don't like it one bit.Quit buying run down buildings and knocking them down. Quit improving our schools and roadways. Please stop improving our Public Safety. Stop building new parks and updating older ones. They even built a new Fire station this year. King Bacon is at it again. They even had that certified accounting firm state that they had a balanced budget. Will they ever learn ? We don't like it one bit."""
Smyrnan November 21, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Smyrna is meshuga.
30080 November 21, 2012 at 06:29 PM
At least the lights are brighter than the mayor. And that balanced budget - it's from moving money around.
Smyrnan November 25, 2012 at 01:18 PM
These wasteful unnecessary lights were on Thanksgiving day. Our company from out of state thought those lights looked awful. They said the style of the lights were nice which is true but it looked bad with all of them clumped together in on area. It's a perfect example of poor judgement and poor use of money.
Neal Dow November 26, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Visiting Smearna for the holidays. Things haven't changed. Potemkin Village all lit up. Which relative of Bacon's got that contract.
Brian November 27, 2012 at 08:57 AM
I like them. It's called "streetscapes" and is intended to increase property values. And it works. Hopefully, they can upgrade more of Smyrna.
Brian November 27, 2012 at 09:01 AM
By whom? This was SPLOST. Furthermore, I bet if you put it to a vote, more people would vote in favor of the lights. I personally love them. It makes Smyrna look like it has some culture and history. I only consider it a shame that they cover so little of Smyrna. Even the company you mentioned said the style of lights was good.
Brian November 27, 2012 at 09:31 AM
For those that just don't like investment in making the city look better, there's a place called Fair Oaks you can move to and your taxes will be less. The cost of the project wasn't too far off the price of some new homes in Smyrna. It was good value for the money. It helps us compete with communities like Alpharetta, Virginia Highlands, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Buckhead - and even Vinings. Furthermore, it wasn't even our taxes but SPLOST that paid for it. Many throughout the metro paid for this when they bought things in Cobb County and primarily Town Center and Cumberland (probably one day's worth of sales tax). I think that's a pretty good deal for us. If you think capital should be spread around more in the city, then I agree there but obviously revitalization has to "start" somewhere and frankly Atlanta Rd and Concord Rd are much simpler and less costly than S. Cobb Drive and Windy Hill. However, if you are just squawking about any spending over and over, then you really won't be missed. Enough whining. Eventually, eventually, South Cobb Dr needs to be tackled and that's the project of all projects, but it has to be done. The portion of South Cobb Drive in the Northern half of the city is the oldest part of Smyrna and like Atlanta Road it has to visually change when entering the city to really give that part of Smyrna a sense of place.
Brian November 27, 2012 at 09:34 AM
Inside-Out, agreed! It's quite humerous (or sad) that people are whining about a project that is not only paid for by SPLOST but actually costs less than some new homes in Smyrna. It's a decent value. There are regressive people in every community. They just seem to have a louder voice here in Smyrna. I'm not sure why they continue to live here as opposed to moving to Fair Oaks, as I said in the other post. Watch-dogs are good. Attack-dogs are bad. Many of us here really wouldn't miss their negativity if they left.
Brian November 27, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Btw, I'm not sure if all of you were asleep but did you notice the approx 22 acres we annexed off of Roswell Street? I looked at the Cobb Assessor's office and these apartments look pretty run-down. What is the plan for this area? Why are they being rezoned? Either way, it's a good addition to our tax rolls so long as it doesn't over-burden our police. https://maps.google.com/maps?q=smyrna,+ga&hl=en&ll=33.892959,-84.5002&spn=0.005076,0.008256&sll=32.678125,-83.178297&sspn=7.450438,16.907959&hnear=Smyrna,+Cobb,+Georgia&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=33.892677,-84.500357&panoid=pWr_1QBp32dexH1ljtugKg&cbp=12,136.86,,0,2.51 Main parcel from Cobb Assessor's site: 17066300040 VIRGINIA C WEST LC 1801 DAVIE CIR $2.02 million P.S. the Trellis Subdivision on Roswell Street is also rezoning so maybe development is going to pick up there?
crystal smith December 15, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Does anyone know when and if they are tearing down regency Square Apartments?

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